Clinical Psychology PhD candidate among top 100
Our Clinical Psychology PhD candidate Anastasia Hronis is among the top 100 contestants for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award.
The Graduate School of Health would like to congratulate one of our Clinical Psychology PhD candidates, Anastasia Hronis. Her essay for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award has been ranked among the top 100 contributions worldwide.
The St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is a global student essay competition for graduate and postgraduate students around the world to qualify for participation at the St. Gallen Symposium. The top 100 contributors are selected by an independent jury to attend, while the finalists have to take to the symposium’s big stage to defend their ideas in front of the jury. This year, over 800 submissions were received, representing 350 universities worldwide.
This year’s symposium theme is “Capital for Purpose” and how we can bring new and extended purposes to capital and aim for long-term positive impact.
Anastasia argues that the approach taken by governments and communities when investing capital into mental health have been reactive and short-term solutions, without addressing the trend of rising mental health disorders, substance abuse and suicide rates.
Anastasia says, “Capital has been used to drive progress in societies, and we have been fortunate enough to reap the benefits of technological innovations, medical advancements, improved healthcare and efficient communications. While capital and resources have resulted in a multitude of positive changes to the world, rates of depression, anxiety, suicide and mental illness are on the rise”.
In her essay, she advocates for the use of capital to implement a stepped care model of intervention that services the entire population, as opposed to those in immediate need: “these steps include mandatory school and workplace learning, low intensity self-help programs, moderate intensity targeted interventions and high intensity treatments.”
“I believe that mental health has a profound effect in many areas of our lives. The effects of mental ill-health do not only impact the individual, but can have accumulated flow on effects which impact upon society as a whole. Similarly, mental health and wellbeing can have positive impacts upon societies, communities, organisations and nations.”
The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading initiative for intergenerational debates on economic, political and social developments. Every May, individuals across the world meet at St. Gallen University in Switzerland for three days of energizing debates on the symposium theme. Speakers and topic leaders include the world’s most influential figures from business, politics and society.
The symposium will take place from 8-10 May 2019.
Congratulations Anastasia on this wonderful achievement!